My previous visits to Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde (FL) were in winter months. The goal of the earlier trips was to capture images of shorebirds and wading birds that are found on the beaches and in the flats and marshes of the park. Thus, on my recent visit (April 14-16) searching for migrating warblers and other songbirds, I explored completely different areas of the park. I found Hooded Warblers and Ovenbirds in the wooded area next to the parking lot at North Beach. Palm Warblers were plentiful in the trees at East Beach. But the most productive area was the grove of Mulberry trees near the Bay Pier parking area. The park has placed a freshwater fountain here for the birds. This area, with the Mulberry trees and fountain, is a well-known magnet for migrating songbirds. Most of my “keepers” were taken in this general area.
I have had little success capturing decent images of these in-perpetual-motion birds and was delighted to sometimes see them clearly in my viewfinder at Ft. De Soto.
Usually, I do not include images of birds at feeders or man made water fountains in my posts. But the glow of shortly-after-sunrise light on the water was too much to resist.
Glimpses of Our Natural World
I am an amateur photographer with a specific interest in nature photography, especially bird photography. I live in Pensacola FL and specialize in photos taken in Central Florida, the panhandle of Florida, the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas.